Neil works on the project development team with a focus on land and origination. He brings 20 years’ experience working for natural resource, engineering, land, and renewable energy development firms; including CH2M HILL, BrightSource Energy, PPC Land Consultants, and S-Power.
Following completion of his B.S. in Geology and Geospatial Analysis, Neil began his career as a field geologist where his passion for maps and mapping technology led to training in GPS Surveying, and ultimately the completion of graduate programs in Applied Geomatics, and Geographic Information Science and Technology from University of Southern California.
Natel Energy Progress Video: July–August 2014
In the months of July and August the Natel team made great progress, including moving into a new manufacturing facility, and completing assembly of the production SLH100 Cassette. Watch the video!
Natel Energy Progress Video: May–June 2014
During the months of May and June the Natel team accomplished many milestones including completing fabrication of a new belt attachment, finishing inspection of many key parts, and instrumenting and testing final SLH100 components. Watch the video below!
Natel awarded $2M in tax credits by the DOE
Natel was awarded a $2 million tax credit by the Department of Energy, as a part of the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit program. With the support of the tax credit, Natel will equip a production line in Alameda, CA, for the manufacture and assembly of 200 hydroEnginesTM annually.
Gia Schneider quoted on Bloomberg Businessweek
In an article on Bloomberg Businessweek, Natel’s CEO Gia Schneider talks about her effort to bring the attention of the Congress to the opportunities for new, distributed hydropower in the U.S. Her focus, along with the efforts of the National Hydropower Association and other NHA members, played a key role in the approval of two hydropower bills that simplify the process for development of those projects in the U.S.
Natel won a grant from the USTDA
Following on successful participation in a Renewable Energy Trade Mission to Chile sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce in April, Natel developed a strong partnership with a local developer and two major utilities in Chile. In August, Natel and its development partner won a grant from the USTDA to develop two pilot projects and screen a portfolio for subsequent development. Work commences on this effort in Q4 2013.
Toyota interviews Gia and Abe Schneider
Natel was visited by the Toyota RAV4EV Charge-to-Charge tour. They stopped by our offices to see one of the SLH10 systems and talk with Abe and Gia Schneider about the future of sustainable hydropower. Watch the video here (minute 2:51)!
Natel awarded $1 million in grants by U.S. Department of Energy
The United States Department of Energy has made awards totaling nearly $17 million to 16 projects in advanced hydropower technology research and development. Natel Energy will receive $300,000 for further product development research, and $746,042 to fund a hydroEngine installation with North Unit Irrigation District in Oregon.
Natel Energy in the Wall Street Journal
“Hydropower is making a comeback”: the Wall Street Journal cites Natel Energy’s Buckeye project in report on trends in hydropower.
Natel Energy, Inc. awarded Phase II SBIR grant from U.S. Department of Energy
Natel Energy has been awarded a Phase II Small Business Innovation Research grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The grant will provide Natel with approximately $1 million in funding for further development of the SLH technology.
Natel Energy, Inc. completes installation of pilot commercial project with Buckeye Water Conservation & Drainage District
Natel Energy has successfully completed the installation of its SLH engine at its pilot commercial project with Buckeye Water Conservation and Drainage District. Once the electrical systems are tested, the SLH engine will deliver reliable, environmentally-friendly, renewable electricity to the Arizona electric power grid.
Natel Energy, Inc. awarded Phase 1 SBIR grant from U.S. Department of Energy
Natel Energy has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research grant from the U.S Department of Energy to optimize the performance of its SLH waterpower technology. The grant provides approximately $110,000 in research and development funds for a Phase I study.
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